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Roster moves: Six players signed, six waived

A detail view of a New York Giants helmet that is seen on the playing field during a Week 14 NFL football game between the New York Giants against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The Giants defeated the Titans 36-7. (AP Photo/Scott Boehm)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today began their first week of full-squad voluntary workouts by waiving six players and signing six.

Those leaving the team include cornerback Brandon Dixon, who started each of the final five games last season; tackle Adam Bisnowaty, the Giants’ 2017 sixth-round draft choice who was on the practice squad for the first 15 games before starting the season finale at right tackle; linebacker Derrick Mathews, who made his NFL debut in that season-ending victory vs. Washington; cornerback C.J. Goodwin, whom the Giants were awarded off waivers on May 2; and two rookie free agents signed last week, tight end Stephen Baggett of East Carolina and cornerback Bryon Fields of Duke.

The six new Giants, who attended this weekend’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, include two veterans. Guard Chris Scott has played in 45 NFL regular-season games and six postseason games, including Super Bowl 50. Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris has played in 33 regular-season games and three postseason games. Both Scott and Lewis-Harris last played in the NFL in 2016.

The other newcomers include two first-year players – guard Malcolm Bunche of UCLA and wide receiver Alonzo Russell of Toledo – and two rookies - and defensive back Mike Jones of Temple and running back Robert Martin of Rutgers.

Scott, 6-4 and 330 pounds, played for Carolina from 2013-16, the four seasons Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was the Panthers’ G.M. In 2016, he missed the first four games while serving a suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, then played in 12 games with four starts, one as an extra lineman and three at right guard. He was released by Carolina on Sept. 11, 2017.

Scott entered the NFL as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fifth-round draft choice in 2010 out of the University of Tennessee. He made his NFL debut playing two games for Pittsburgh in 2011.

The Steelers released him at the end of training camp in 2012. Scott did stints on the practice squads of the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans before he was signed by Buffalo. He was released by the Bills on July 27, 2013, and signed by Carolina the following week.

Lewis-Harris, 5-10 and 183 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012 from Tennessee-Chattanooga. He spent most of that season on the practice squad, but did play in two games. Lewis-Harris appeared in six, four and seven games, respectively from 2013-15.

In 2016, Lewis-Harris played in seven games for Cincinnati, was released by the Bengals, and then played in seven games for the Baltimore Ravens. Last year, he was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos, who released him at the end of training camp.

Lewis-Harris’ career totals include 10 tackles (eight solo), one interception and two passes defensed. In the postseason, he has three tackles (two solo) and one pass defensed.

Bunche, 6-6 and 312 pounds, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles, from UCLA. He was waived at the end of training camp and spent that season on the Eagles’ practice squad. Bunche was released by Philadelphia on Aug. 15, 2016. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Aug. 3, 2017, and was waived on Sept. 1.

Russell, 6-4 and 210 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent by Cincinnati from Toledo in 2016. He spent that entire season on the Bengals’ practice squad. He spent the last six weeks of the 2017 season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad.

In four seasons at Toledo, Russell played in 50 games and had 202 receptions for 3,076 yards (15.2-yard avg.) and 24 touchdowns.

Jones, 5-9 and 182 pounds, played his final collegiate season at Temple after earning a degree at North Carolina Central. In 2017, he started all 13 games and finished with 44 tackles (36 solo), two tackles for losses, and one interception that he returned 43 yards vs. Notre Dame.

Martin, 5-11 and 210 pounds, played in 46 games at Rutgers, where he finished 10th on the school’s career rushing list with 2,256 yards. He averaged 5.0 yards a carry and ran for 18 touchdowns. Martin also 20 passes for 135 yards. He had career-high totals of 763 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 2015. Last year, he rushed for 434 yards and three scores.

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